More than 100 goats perished Monday night in Kupwara when a sudden drop in temperature, heavy rains and hailstorm hit Tumina forest area where a group of nomads with their livestock were camped.
The shepherds had arrived in the foothills in Chowkibal area just two days earlier from Rajouri.
They had erected tents for themselves and the goats were out in the open when weather suddenly turned bad, an official said.
“The shepherds had kept their goats under the open sky. Heavy incessant rains, hails and cold conditions from Monday evening have caused the death to over 102 goats,” the official said.
The perished goats belonged to Hasan Khatana, Kala Khatana, Zaman Khatana and Rehman Khatana, all residents of Shali area of Rajouri.
A team comprising of Tehsildar Tarathpora and SHO of Vilgam were deputed to the area to look into the incident and assess damage caused by the natural calamity.
“The estimated loss of livestock is around (Rs) 10 lakhs. High officials in the administration will decide the compensation,” Tehsildar Tarathpora, Mohammad Maqbool said.
The shepherds say they have lost all that they had.
“We have nothing left. Without compemsation there is no hope left. Bad weather has taken away our only source of income,” said Zaman Khatana.
“We tried to save the goats. We have only a few tents available in which we took shelter ourselves.”
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